In Memoriam: Tim Vollmann

Tim VollmannTim Vollmann, an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law, was killed in a tragic bicycle accident on Dec. 2. He was teaching the fall semester's Indian Water Law class and was a highly respected Indian law practitioner.

Vollmann worked for the Solicitor's Office of the U.S. Department of Interior for 26 years, during which time he authored important pieces of legislation, including the Indian Mineral Development Act of 1982 and the Jicarilla Apache Water Rights Settlement Act of 1992.

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Tim Vollmann speaks to a law school class in 2002.

His position was transferred to Albuquerque in 1992, and after leaving public service, he was a regular guest lecturer at the University of New Mexico School of Law. In 2002, he spoke to students about his role in a lawsuit brought by Sandia Pueblo in which the pueblo claimed ownership to 10,000 acres on the west side of the Sandia Mountains, including the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. It was Vollmann's 1987 opinion that recognized an error in the survey authorized by Congress in 1858. The pueblo reached a settlement with the federal government and it was signed into law in 2003.

Vollmann was awarded the Presidential Award for Meritorious Executive Service in 1999.

Vollmann was riding his bicycle, wearing a helmet, along Comanche NE, when he collided with a City of Albuquerque dump truck. He was killed on impact.

December 3, 2010